Pickerington and Violet Township voters will determine if their local school district will be eligible to accept millions in building maintenance funds from the state, and will play a hand in the fate of a countywide roads and bridges levy.

Pickerington and Violet Township voters will determine if their local school district will be eligible to accept millions in building maintenance funds from the state, and will play a hand in the fate of a countywide roads and bridges levy.

On Tuesday, May 5, local voters will be asked to renew a 0.5-mill building maintenance levy for the Pickerington Local School District and a 0.5-mill roads, bridges and culverts being floated by the Fairfield County Engineer's Office.

Both levies have been dubbed no-new-tax levies by supporters who say a positive vote for either issue would extend taxes residents currently are paying without raising the amounts.

Issue 7 on the May 5 ballot would extend the school district's existing building maintenance levy, which is set to expire in 2020, through 2032.

While renewing the levy wouldn't increase local taxes, it would allow the district to receive an additional $50-million in funding from the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission to maintain and improve facilities at Pickerington and Violet elementary schools, as well as Ridgeview Junior High and Pickerington High School Central.

According to district officials, homeowners would continue to pay 0.364 mills, or $11.15 for each $100,000 in assessed property value through 2020, regardless of the outcome of the vote. If the levy passes, homeowners would pay the same amount through 2032.

Also May 5, local voters will determine the fate of Issue 1, which would renew the current Fairfield County 0.5-mill roads, bridges and culverts levy for five years. That levy is set to expire at the end of 2009.

According to the Fairfield County Auditor's Office, homeowners in the county would pay $12.92 per $100,000 assessed property value and the levy would yield $1.33-million.

Funds from Issue 1 would be used to maintain and upgrade the county's 363 miles of roadways and 341 bridges.

According to the auditor's office, the county annually spends approximately $4-million to maintain and upgrade roads, bridges and culverts.

As for the voting process, Deborah Henderly, director of the Fairfield County Board of Elections, said voting precinct locations are the same for all Violet Township and Pickerington residents, and identification requirements remain unchanged.

"They just need to take an ID," Henderly said. "It's the same as we've been doing for several years."

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Henderly said voters can verify registration information online at www.fairfieldelections.com, or by calling (740) 687-7000.

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